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Is one meal a day most days a sustainable Paleo concept?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 21, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Been Paleo since last July. I'm a few pounds over a normal BMI in decent health but have some stubborn stomach body fat. I work out two times a week intensely for a about 45 minutes each session. NO chronic cardio, just all out wind sprints and weight lifting one set to fail. My body comp is decent except for abdomen area. Looking for the next body hack that will lean me out a bit. I've just experimented with eating one large meal at dinner time and my body seems to like it. No cravings at all. I 'll have a couple cups of coffee with some coconut oil with 3 to 4 brazil nuts, and a half of banana. That's the extent of the food before the dinner meal. The dinner meal is clean EPI Paleo almost every night with seafood as the entree, side of two to three vegetables and a small side of fruit. Some nights I'll have a small portion of rice or sweet potatoes. Last but not least a small portion of dark 75% or better cocoa chocolate with small amount of plain whole milk yogurt. I'd like to eat one meal a day 4 to 5 times a week. Has anyone tried and had success with this? Do you think this is sustainable and healthy? And, do you think this will help me reach my goal of reduced abdomen fat?

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Would love to see the studies that back up your claim that a 24 hour fast would slow the metabolic rate..

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at 09:49 PM

Amen!! I'm sure our ancestors went days without food and survived just fine

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:56 PM

people give their bodies way too much credit. your metabolism doesn't slow to a crawl if you eat once a day. i don't know how the pattern began, but i've eaten one or two meals a day since childhood. i can't imagine wanting to eat 3 or more meals unless your hunger signals are out of whack.

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on January 21, 2013
at 09:49 PM

Amen!! I'm sure our ancestors went days without food and survived just fine

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:17 PM

This man is the king of IF (as far as I am concerned!):

http://cogitoergoedo.com/2012/04/22/intermittent-fasting-a-primer/

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:07 PM

Don't really have answers, but here goes: I've been doing 16/8 IF for two years. On rest days I eat one meal, and one snack. On work-out days I eat one large meal (1000-1500 cals), and two large snacks.

I can't imagine eating 2400+ cals in on sitting. I did 1900 cals a few weeks back, and that was too much, especially on routine basis.

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:01 PM

Intermittent fasting is a great tool for leaning out but I believe it is a double edged sword. If your diet (which looks good, although make sure your eating enough) is in check, sleep is good, stress is low, etc... then it can definitely help. But remember that it can be very taxing to your system and worsen stress, adrenal fatigue,etc... Most PH's eat 2-3 meals i would venture to say. Some do more, some do 1 a day. What most people accept as a healthy middle ground would be a condensed eating window say 12pm-8pm. Like we all say YMMV and do whats best for you. Just remember that fasting might not be the answer to leaning out. There are other factors that you may have to experiment with in order to achieve that goal (ex. more/less starch, more/less weight training,etc...). Lastly, you asked if it was healthy. PH is more about health than aesthetics so make sure you don't feel like crud at that level of leanness. Everyone is different.

Best of Luck

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:42 PM

SO fasting lowers the metabolic rate. The idea that you would not do small meals during the day so as to kick your metabolic rate up and burn calories is foreign to me!

Admittedly IF is a new idea to me. I cannot believe that causing your insulin levels to fluctuate like that is healthy. Also, you can send your body into starvation mode where it will actually STORE fat!

Just some thoughts.

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on January 21, 2013
at 09:51 PM

Would love to see the studies that back up your claim that a 24 hour fast would slow the metabolic rate..

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